Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Black-bellied Hummingbird (Eupherusa nigriventris)


French: Colibri à ventre noir German: Schwarzbauchkolibri Spanish: Colibrí ventrinegro

Eupherusa nigriventris


, 1868,

Costa Rica


In the past sometimes segregated in a monospecific genus, Callipharus. Monotypic.


Highlands of Caribbean slope from C Costa Rica to WC Panama.

Descriptive notes

7·5–8·5 cm; male 3·7 g, female 3·3 g. Rather short blackish bill, slightly decurved. Bronzy-green above, duskier on central rectrices; male... read more


Song a high, thin, sputtering warble. Calls include a repeated, sharp, high-pitched “tseep” or “... read more


Cool, wet highland forest, forest edge, adjacent semi-open vegetation including shaded pastures and... read more

Food and feeding

In forest, male visits mostly flowers of trees (Inga, Calliandra, Pithecellobium, Clusia) and epiphytes... read more


Wet to early dry seasons, Aug or Oct–Mar in Costa Rica. During breeding season male perches in tall shrubs or subcanopy along edges... read more


Most of population in Costa Rica moves to lower elevations following breeding, locally down to 400... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Fairly common over most of range, which includes several large... read more

Recommended citation

Stiles, F.G. & Boesman, P. (2019). Black-bellied Hummingbird (Eupherusa nigriventris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 14 December 2019).